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♪ i'm learning to fly but i ain't got wings ♪ our next story is about a young man who suffers from tourette's syndrome and he's been barred from taking a flight he planned on taking for two years. >> the pilot refused to let him on the plane because he couldn't stop saying the word bomb. david kerley explains what happened. >> reporter: when michael doyle arrived for his flight to puerto rico, he was worried. he was worried about what he was going to say. >> i was telling myself in my head, don't say bomb. when you try to suppress tourettes, it comes out worse. >> reporter: it did. those who can't control verbal ticks, through security, at the gate, michael, who watched all the coverage of boston bombings, blurted out what can be a
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frightening word these days. >> i probably said, bomb, bomb, about -- 100 times in that terminal. and through tsa. >> reporter: traveling with friend to an 18th century battle re-enactme re-enactment, doil planned ahead, carrying medical documentation. it got him through security. the jetblue pilot heard doyle say bomb, and refused to allow him on the flight. his friend stayed with him. >> it is frustrating. especially after three hours of sitting there, and two years planning. doesn't happen. >> reporter: frustrating but also a sign of the times. >> tensions are high. people are worried, nervous. they know there have been terrorist attacks. at the end of the day the pilot and command has the ultimate decision who gets on the airplane and who doesn't. >> reporter: jetblue says after further investigation the situation was deemed innocuous and offered doyle a round-trip ticket, but no guarantee that he'll actually be able to board a future flight.
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>> it does not make me want to fly at all. >> reporter: doyle and his friend missed the flight. missed the re-enactment. this case undoubtedly will start a debate within the aviation community over the next couple weeks how to deal with these kinds of cases. david kerley, abc news, washington national airport. >> incredibly difficult story. because you feel bad for the guy. but you have to feel bad for everybody on the plane, who is tense, certainly don't to want hear that. >> right. he had documentation. the argument is he was proving to everyone that he has this disorder. but the people that he was proving it to, was really just the people in charge of the plane. you would have to show that to everyone on board if i were a passenger so i would feel comfortable. >> that is a good point. all right. we will be right back. >> announcer: "world news now" co
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turning to our top story. the nba's jason collins the first man in a major league sport to admit he is openly gay while still actively playing. his announcement in a "sports illustrated" article has drawn support from a cross-section of america, including the white house. >> president obama reached out by phone and the first lady tweeted, so proud of you jason collins. this is a huge step for our country. we've got your back. >> all of that prompted collins' only tweet saying, i knew i was choosing the road less traveled but i am not walking it alone. we go to radio host, jason page. thank you for joining us. >> absolutely. >> clearly a landmark decision, on the one hand, also surprising it took this long. what it your reaction, give perspective on this. >> i don't know if it is surprising it took so long as much as the guy that decided to break the barrier. all of us were predicting it needed to be a star player. needed to be a guy relatively young. but a guy that had cache, to survive the potential backlash.
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instead it's the exact opposite. a fringe player, a guy who may play seven to ten minutes a night, a free agent. i mean, you couldn't have drawn it up differently than a lot of the people i had been talking to behind the scenes who were predicting this would play out. jason collins is the last guy you would have expected. throw another thing in there. for years being an openly game sportscaster and you heard name rumored. one you never heard was jason collins. >> two part question. the first being, how do you think it's going to affect his future as a player? secondly, we saw all of the support, but not everybody is going to be supportive of this. >> very true. he is a fringe player. that's the problem. if he doesn't get signed by a team, well, jason collins didn't get signed because he is open openly gay. i don't think that is fair.
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a guy at this stage of his career, a little up in years, i know he is in great shape, working out, running through the hills of california. still a guy right now that is going to have to try to find his spot. still there is guys in the league playing until they're 40. the new york knicks have a couple. jason collins can play in the league. i think he will. there has been backlash already. espn basketball analyst, reporter, chris broussard made some very interesting comments today. >> if you are openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexual couples, that is walking in open rebellion to god. >> wow. let's talk about that. do you think he is out there on a limb with that comment? nba players, is there a fair segment that share his opinions? >> yes. there is a fair segment. i don't think it is enough that it will stop anybody from signing jason collins. if jason collins isn't in the league, it's because he isn't viewed being good enough to play. that's kind of the gist of what
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i would say right now. >> on a day-to-day basis, going in the showers, locker room, the whole thing. do you think it will change the way his peers treat him? >> i don't think so. look, i have been in locker rooms. everybody looks at everybody. they do. everybody looks at everybody, for that fact. and i don't think it is that big a deal end of the day. but, look, it is going to be very interesting to see once we get into training camps, all of that. he is a fringe player. it's not as if the mood yeah can run up to him every night and say, what's it like -- can you only do that for a couple of days. to me, this is a story that will go through the off-season. we'll see who he gets picked up by. i do think he will get picked up by somebody. and then we'll see a couple days of questions about it and then you move on. next question becomes who is the next player? >> ah, the million dollar question. we are all waiting for the answer. jason page, radio host. thank you for joining us. >> be sure to tune into "good
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welcome back, everyone. welcome to "the mix." we're going to get to something i think is absolutely adorable. i love these animal stories. not everybody does. this is about an enormous shoe that nike created for an elephant. >> an elephant shoe? >> an elephant shoe. we have it, there is a picture of it. see it is quite stylish. it's got like remnants of the swooshes on the side. the pink. it's got the shoelaces. nice sole. designed to fit the appearance of an elephant. this was a female elephant, bendula, developing arthritis, because she was unbalanced. one of her legs was shorter than the other one, so nike developed a shoe just for her so she could balance herself out and not be in so much pain. >> pretty cool.
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>> kind of cool. >> and make it pink. if it is a lady's shoe. >> what i love about nike, they d the swoosh. it is tattered, torn, when it was given to the elephant, how long ago. she was also out in the wild with this thing. >> pink thing, that's the swoosh? >> the remnants of swooshes. >> all right, now this is interesting. drinking alcohol regularly could lower your risk of arthritis. new study from britain. alcohol has a protective effect against rheumatoid arthritis and also a mild pain killing effect, anti-inflammatory. painkilling seems obvious. >> yeah. every time there is an accident. a drunk driver, they walk away unscathed. they bounce around. >> they say moderate amount, few drinks actually can lower. >> here and there.
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>> more studies need to be done. >> depending on the day, there's a study that alcohol is either good or bad for you. keep watching, maybe later we'll tell you the opposite. >> it's all bad. >> this story, very, very good development a parentally, in saudi arabia they have developed a psa, public service announcement for domestic violence. >> really? >> a country where all women are still under male guardianship, not allowed to drive. this is quite a powerful ad. we have a picture of what it looks like and the text underneath it. if you look, this wearing is calling -- what most of us would call a burqa. and it is exposing one eye which is a black eye. obviously, a woman. some things can't be covered. fighting women's abuse together. so, it was but together -- >> why is the text so small? >> really interesting. put together by a foundation. they say it's hoping to stop the abuse and bring it to light. >> a milestone. >> yes, especially for a c
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this morning on "world news now" -- new clues in the boston bombing investigation from new dna evidence to sweeping searches for accomplices who may have helped the suspects. scoring support -- the nba star who was tired of keeping his sexuality a secret. why jason collins felt compelled now to tell the world he's gay. what fans and fellow players are saying. tough questions for the american student accused of murder in italy amanda knox and her interview with diane sawyer. what haunted her most during that legal fight? facing challenges -- what forced sexy hollywood a-lister, catherine zeta-jones to check into a treatment center and why it is not the first time. that's coming up in "the skinny." on this tuesday, april 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with
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john muller and diana perez. we begin this half hour with the boston bombing investigation. dzhokhar tsarnaev is getting high-powered legal help. >> his legal team will now include prominent attorney judy clark who kept the notorious unabomber off death row. abc's tahman bradley is following the developments. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. investigators are focusing in on the suspect's training. bottom line is they think the two brothers had help. the investigation is continuing in both boston and russia. this new video shows the surviving boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev teasing his niece. it's the first time we're hearing his voice. >> give me a kiss. >> okay. >> no, give me a kiss. that a girl. now get out. >> reporter: that playful young man now sits in a solitary 100 square foot cell in the devons federal medical center facing possible death sentence on terrorism charges. abc news learned authorities are widening their net and looking for possible accomplices. now, almost a dozen people are
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considered persons of interest. sources familiar with the probe say investigators have discovered female dna on one of the bombs. it's unclear whether it came from a victim, someone who handled components of the bomb before it was put together or a co-conspirator. >> some may have been involved in helping build the bombs. others may have been involved in helping radicalize the brothers. >> reporter: the fbi is probing the mother of the accused brothers. authorities say her phone calls with tamerlan were recorded by russian intelligence. and in one conversation she allegedly discussed jihad with him. she again denied her family is involved in terrorism. >> i am listening to you, they did not do it, and you again ask me! >> reporter: fbi agents interviewed catherine russell at her rhode island residence to find out what she knew about her husband's activities. while agents left her house carrying evidence bags, she was seen leaving with her attorney who told abc news russell did not know about the bomb plot.
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>> thanks to tahman. the judge in the case against george zimmerman considers several major decisions in court today. those decisions could face the future of zimmerman's legal battles. zimmerman is accused of killing unarmed teenager trayvon martin. at issue is florida's stand your ground law which would absolve zimmerman of any criminal wrongdoing. the trial is set for early june. testimony begins in los angeles today in the michael jackson wrongful death trial. attorneys for the jackson family say concert promoter aeg should be held liable for hiring dr. conrad murray. he was convicted of giving jackson a lethal dose of propofol. witnesses, jackson's children, diana ross, quincy jones, prince and his former attorney. >> i am on the plaintiff's witness list. i am here because the defense, aeg is threatening to bring in evidence that michael jackson was charged with child molestation. i was his defense lawyer in his criminal trial and he was
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exonerated of every single charge. >> in opening statements, aeg's attorney promised to reveal some ugly stuff about jackson. the jackson's attorneys say that e-mails show that aeg ignored red flags. to make sure the show was not canceled. nba center jason collins is calling support he is receiving since coming out as a gay person truly inspirational. collins came forward in a "sports illustrated" article making him the first active player in a major u.s. team to disclose his homosexuality. abc's dan harris has the details. >> reporter: all those shop-worn stereotypes about gay men, jason collins utterly demolishes them. he is a 7-foot, 255-pound trash-talking bruiser who has played on six teams over 12 years in the nba, making it to playoffs nine times. collins made history in "sports illustrated" with these 12 words -- i'm a 34-year-old nba center. i'm black. and i'm gay. >> can you believe it hasn't happened before you? >> it's kind of mind-boggling. i've think i talk about that,
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that -- you know, i never set out to be the first. and it's -- obviously you are waiting around for somebody else to raise their hand. and, you know, i'm ready to raise my hand t, you know, you still look around like, you know, come on, guys. >> jackie robinson what he was to integration, what billie jean king has been to women's rights. now jason collins for gay rights. i think this is not just big sports news. this is big news in our country. >> reporter: collins had been hiding his sexuality for years. quote, when i was younger i dated women. i even got engaged. i thought i had to live a certain way. i kept telling myself the sky was red but i always knew it was blue. his one small secret gesture of solidarity with the lgbt community, wearing the unusually high number 98. a reference to another watershed moment, 1998, the year a young gay man named matthew shepherd was kidnapped and murdered in wyoming. collins says he knew he had to
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come out when after his college roommate, massachusetts congressman joe kennedy told him he marched in boston's gay pride parade. he felt jealous and ashamed. i want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. i want to take a stand and say "me too." reaction from around the league was swift and mostly supportive. with collins' twin brother, dangerous a former nba player himself, tweeting, very proud of you. >> he has always been a great guy. he's always been a great teammate. he is no different than anybody else. >> reporter: jason collins reacting, i knew i was choosing the road less traveled but i am not walking it alone. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> incredible amount of support has been thrown behind him already. his own coach tweeting, a pretty long quote, he said, we are extremely proud of jason and support his decision to live his life proudly and openly. he has been a leader on and off the court. an outstanding teammate throughout his nba career. the qualities will continue to serve him as player and positive role model for others of all
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sexual orientation. >> also nike, this is important because they're an advertiser and there's money at stake. we admire jason's statement and proud he is a nike athlete. nike believes in a level playing field where an athlete's sexual orientation is not a consideration. >> that is the bottom line. >> kobe bryant, arguably best player in basketball, tweeted positive things as well. certainly getting plenty of support. >> i think so, a little flak, getting some push back. really experts are saying they don't think this will affect his future in the nba and being picked up as free agent at all. >> yeah. i agree with that. now to a special meeting at the white house hosted by president obama. remember this play from university of nebraska spring football game, 7-year-old jack hoffman running in a touchdown. he was celebrated in the end zone by the huskers. he is battling brain cancer. yesterday he met the president in the oval office where he received an autographed football and spoke with one of abc's own huskers correspondent jeff cellini. >> what was it like being in the white house? >> it was almost like being the
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president. >> almost like being the president. >> barely. >> how funny. mr. obama spent 15 minutes meeting with jack, parents and sisters. jack's dad simply called it a great visit. a great kid. >> what a cutie pie. all right. here's a look at your tuesday forecast now. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. another warm day in the southwest. stormy with hail and dangerous winds around green bay. des moines, kansas city, omaha. sprinkle in the northeast. scattered showers and thunderstorms from d.c. into the gulf coast. >> 80s in dallas to miami. 60s in the pacific northwest. >> british tycoon richard branson says his dream of sending people into space is a bit closer to reality because of the so-called spaceship ii has made its very first engine-powered flight. >> it broke away from the belly of the escort plane and blasted towards space. it didn't actually get there
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which was by design of course. branson said the whole thing could not have gone more smoothly. after a few more test flights, a longer duration of course, branson said it should be ready to take passengers into space later this year. >> that is pretty cool because you hear talk about it, but talk is talk. you see that thing in the air, wow, some day, not so far in the future, this is going to be a reality. >> right. apparently space ship ii you saw hit mach 1.2 yesterday. that's just over 913 miles in case you want to do the math. pretty fast. who knows how much it takes to get into space, but sure they're getting close. >> would you spend money to go to space? something you would want to do? >> you know, no. short answer. i don't know why. just kind of not interested. >> not that it wouldn't be cool. to spend a lot of money. yeah, i agree. >> there's no sight-seeing. >> i'd rather go to hawaii than outer space. >> no sightseeing. no beach in outer space. can't get a tan. >> no pina coladas. coming ip -- coaching football's lingerie league, a football player considers an
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american college student amanda knox spent four years in
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an italian prison for the murder of her roommate, being freed on appeal. >> during that time the media portrayed her as a murderer or victim. as her book hits store shelves today, knox is emerging from the headlines as she told abc's diane sawyer. >> reporter: a medieval college town in italy, two young women arrive for a year abroad. seeking new horizons. meredith kercher and amanda knox. six weeks later, one of them comes home in a coffin. the other will become a global obsession, headline after headline. labeling her a sexual thrill-seeker, seductress, she-devil with an angel face, spinks of perugia. >> i haven't heard those. i have heard the gist of them. and they're wrong. i was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil.
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i mean, it's one thing to be called certain things in the media and it's another thing to be sitting in the courtroom, fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil. for all intent and purposes, i was a murderer. whether i was or not. and i had to live with the idea that that would be my life. >> reporter: she says everything she had ever posted online, every boyfriend in her life would come back to haunt her. what's the first thing you want people to know about you? >> i want the truth to come out. i'd like to be reconsidered as a person. what happened to me was surreal. but it could have happened to anyone. >> reporter: so what is the truth? what happened the night that meredith kercher died? amanda knox at times open, guarded, angry, in tears, says she is ready to speak and
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waiting to be heard. >> you can see diane's entire interview with amanda knox tonight. >> special edition of "20/20" begins at 10:00/9:00 eastern. coming up, the langery football league wants to hire a former new york jet. >> you used to be in lingerie league, didn't you? >> of course. that's how i got this job. >> a celebrity who says she is losing a lot of weight with a hula hoop. that's next!
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ it is time for "the skinny." let's talk about tim tebow or "teboo," as you refer to him when we're not on tv. let go by the jets. >> yep. got the boot. >> got the boot. >> maybe not a bad thing. >> this is a bizarre thing, if you ask me. he's been offered potential sexy lace jersey in the near future. the legends football league, not familiar with legend football league, used to be called lingerie football league. they offered tebow, former jets' qb, a coaching gig. there you go. it's not clear what exactly tebow would do as quarterback coach in the lfl, not clear how
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much money they offered him. they've gotten their 15 minutes of publicity, tying their name to tebow. i can go out on a limb, tebow, classy, god fearing man he is is probably not going to wind up in the league. he is worth a lot of money on madison avenue, doing product endorsements he can do other things. >> he can sit out, not play. people will ask him to put his name on anything. i am sure. moving on. this is a little sad. catherine zeta-jones checking into a treatment center, bipolar disorder. she has been suffering with this for years. the second time reportedly checked herself into a facility. according to tmz, a 30-day program. 43-year-old academy award winning actress here. not usually the face of bipolar disorder, if you think about it. not what you would expect when you hear bipolar. she suffers from bipolar ii. which essentially, bipolar, lots of highs, lots of lows.
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bipolar ii, lows are low and long. her representative is saying she is just being proactive. she said in the past she does want to keep an eye on her health. she wants to make sure she does that in the best way. she is checking in, according her representative, kind of as a proactive precautionary way. >> good luck to her. >> yes. >> have you heard of hoopnotica? >> i have not. >> i didn't know about it until today. apparently the latest craze for weight loss. kelly osbourne says she lost 70 pounds by hoola-hooping. essentially. a device similar to a hula-hoop. using it every day. made her back stronger, waist has gone down two inches. no arguing with the pictures. right? >> she looks incredible. >> big in hollywood. we were hula-hooping here on set about a month ago. i was out of breath. really, really fast. >> and in the commercial break you told me you have taken it on as a hobby and do it every day. >> is that what i said? i don't remember saying that. okay. >> you said that. here we go.
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yesterday we told you martha stewart was thinking about joining match.com using her own name. well, now we are getting word she is joining match.com but she's doing it under an alias. probably the smartest thing you can do. by the way, the headline for me, martha stewart is 71 years old. >> she does look great. >> she really does. >> i mean, she's a mature woman, but she looks great. >> she hasn't aged a day. >> she looks a day over -- >> can you imagine getting a cup of coffee and it's martha stewart? wow. >> hard to meet people that way. even the chief executive of match com warns her saying, don't really think you are going to get a soul mate coming onto our website. i know people who do find their soul mates on match.com. maybe for mega celebrities like martha stewart going to look a meeting for coffee and walking in. it's martha stewart. >> so hard getting past. >> martha stewart. like if you don't know who you
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are running into. it is martha stewart. like when you went on your first date with annabelle, she was like, who is this guy? >> it's john muller. not at all. matter of fact. not at all. annabelle, who this guy? >> it's john muller. nó'jall. >> we'll be right back.
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♪ ain't no mountain knew knew high enough ♪ ♪ nothing can keep me keep me from you ♪ >> this is a strange one. clash of cultures at the top of the world. almost cost the lives of european adventurers. >> they were making the treacherous climb to the summit of mt. everest when they were set upon by nearly 100 sherpa guides. here's abc's john donvan with more. >> reporter: for 60 years it has been a peak place for firsts, first man to reach the summit. first woman. first american. and now this weekend, first big
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ugly brawl up there, somewhere, at roughly 4 1/2 mild up in the sky. three climbers were beaten up, they say, by a group of sherpas, the mountaineering masters from that area who specialize in guiding climbers safely up and back again countless history-making times. the three europeans are seasoned climbers and have been sending back videos like these. >> welcome. >> reporter: now says one it is a miracle we are still alive, after what was a misunderstanding involving a sherpa who thought they were ignoring instructions to stay away from ropes he was laying. and then they say some 100 sherpas attacked them. in an interview afterwards. >> one tried to use a pocketknife to hit simone moro.
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luckily he just hit the belt of the backpack. nothing happened. >> reporter: the sherpa's side of the story yet to be heard. it is not clear what tensions enflamed the melee saturday. bruised and cut they're deciding whether to call off their climb on an everest where it is supposed to be the mountain dangerous not the fights you get into along the way. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> so there is an update to the story. apparently they have not been given a choice whether or not they're going to finish their climb. they've been forced to abandon their attempts to reach the summit. apparently they ended up running for their lives through a treacherous glacier to escape what they're calling an out of control mob. it usually takes a full day's walk to get through this glacier. >> yep. of course. >> 2 1/2 hours. running for their lives. >> running for their lives top of the world. >> this is ice. >> check you out. >> for this story, guys. >> get some clothes, diana. cold at the top of everest. my goodness. >> it's fun. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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this morning on " this this morning on "world news now" -- exposing secrets. airing michael jackson's dirty laundry in the public eye. legal insiders are predicting as the superstar's family plays tough in court with concert promoters. uncovering clues, the evidence fbi agents are finding large and small in the boston bombing investigation and why agents may believe the two bombing suspects had extra help. six months later new help for survivors who lost so much in hurricane sandy. and why for some people that superstorm is still so unforgettable. and coming out, tired of the secrets. the nba's jason collins tells the world he is gay. the response he is getting this morning after an announcement that is making history.
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it is tuesday, april 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good morning, everybody. we begin this half hour with the blame game in the death of michael jackson. more gripping details of the superstar's private life about to be unveiled. >> the wrongful death case is pitting jackson's mother and three children against the concert giant behind his much touted comeback tour that never was. testimony begins today. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: this is it. not just another trial over the remarkable life and tragic death of the king of pop, but possibly the michael jackson trial. a criminal jury has already made it clear where the immediate blame for jackson's death lies -- dr. conrad murray. but in the wrongful death lawsuit that went to trial, the jacksons argue the blame ultimately lies with the concert promoter who signed the checks to pay conrad murray. >> who was conrad murray?
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the man who killed michael jackson, who's in jail for killing michael jackson, who was he working for? >> reporter: aeg contends murray was hired by michael jackson not them. the company had no way of knowing the doctor would prescribe a fatal overdose. the jackson family's lawyer contended the promoter knew full well that jackson was physically and emotionally weak, a predicament that threatened to derail his multimillion dollar comeback tour. behind the scenes, his reliance on prescription drugs and pain medication were widely known. and lawyers told the jury, dr. murray had a conflict of interest, so deeply in debt he may have been more concerned about his paycheck than his patient's best interest. and aeg was paying him $150,000 a month. michael had a problem. dr. murray had a problem. and aeg had a problem, jackson attorney brian pannish said in his opening statement calling aeg executives ruthless guys who ignored obvious red flags
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insisting the show must go on. the cornerstone of the jackson family's case, an e-mail written 11 days before the singer's death by the ceo of aeg. we want to remind murray that it is aeg, not mj, who is paying his salary. we want to remind him what is expected of him. >> when it's made quite clear the plaintiffs here, the person in the courtroom litigating the case, are catherine as the representative of the three children, i think that has a lot of jury appeal. >> reporter: aeg's lawyer allen putnam warned the jury we are going to show you some ugly stuff. the truth is michael jackson fooled everyone. he made sure no one, nobody knew his deepest, darkest secrets, putnam said. i'm david wright in los angeles. new developments now in the boston bombing case. investigators have discovered female dna on one of the bombs used in the attacks. sources say it is unclear whether it is from a victim in the attack or someone who handled components of the bomb
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before it was put together. the suspects' mother insists once again her sons are innocent. >> some may have been involved in helping build the bombs. others may have been involved in helping radicalize the brothers. >> they did not do it. and you again ask me! >> a high-powered defense attorney now has been added to dzhokhar tsarnaev's legal team. judy clark helped keep notorious criminals including the unabomber, to avoid death row. vigil for the california third grader murdered in her family home. the coroner determined that leila fowler died of multiple stab wounds. there is an intense search for a suspect in the killing, but no leads so far anyway. school mates made cards and hung ribbons in leila's memory, known for her bright smile and friendly manner. police in western michigan say they have frustratingly little evidence as they continue their search for a 25-year-old gas station clerk. jessica herringa disappeared friday night as she was closing
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up shop. police began searching the lake michigan shoreline. friends and others spread out in a state park passing out information about her yesterday. jessica's fiance remains hopeful. >> jessica is going to come home. she's got to. there's no doubt in my mind. >> police are searching for a gray mini van that was parked near the station and the man who drove it. and they're also reviewing a dna sample found at the scene to see if it is evidence. mechanical problems with air force 2 left the vice president's plane sitting on the tarmac in arizona. reports say, when the jet landed, the pilot reversed thrusters, engines sucked in debris. it happened last week, and the jet remained at the flagstaff airport. the vice president was never in danger. stunning images from outer space this morning. a monster hurricane bearing down on saturn. the eye alone is more than 1,200 miles across. that is 20 times bigger than the center of a typical hurricane here on earth. it is spinning at 330 miles per hour. wow. the storm may have been parked at saturn's north pole for years but it's the first time a nasa spacecraft captured the
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invisible light. >> that is awesome. >> all right. it's been six months since the mammoth storm named sandy struck the northeast. >> the video taken above one of the hardest hit areas shows the recovery process is slow and agonizing one. abc's lana zach has the update. good morning, lana. >> reporter: good morning, john, diana. the disaster unleashed by sandy was a rare mix of a hurricane and two cold weather systems. and the terrible damage is still being felt by so many along the east coast. the scars of sandy are still raw. even half a year later tens of thousands remain homeless after the october superstorm ripped apart the shoreline destroying homes and taking 72 lives. these images today over the rockaways in new york city. the little squares, foundations. all that is left of so many homes. and on staten island, the regret is palpable. >> my neighbor drowned in his basement. i'm taking it day by day. my head is still spinning from everything that happened here. >> reporter: a new pilot program in that part of new york city
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will give affected homeowners 105% of pre-sandy property value to relocate elsewhere on staten island, when rebuilding is just too difficult. elsewhere the recovery grinds on. >> every little thing we do here is an obstacle. there is always something that pops up and makes it more difficult to recover. >> reporter: in new jersey, governor chris christie joined with hud secretary sean donovan to announce $1.8 billion in federal aid is now on its way to new jersey. >> this is no longer a job for me. it's now a mission. on october 30th, 2012, this converted to me from a great job to a sacred mission. >> reporter: christie made headlines saying president obama had kept every promise he made regarding sandy. a sentiment not shared by everyone. but slowly there are some signs of progress. in seaside heights, their iconic boardwalk is under repair a month before the memorial day holiday. while still visible in the ocean, this roller coaster waits.
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the damage from sandy was so substantial, $50 billion, john and diana, that it places it second only to hurricane katrina. >> remarkable. six months ago and one day, i was sitting in the dark. i live on the jersey shore. had the fireplace on. it was freezing. everybody was just sort of stunned. it really is amazing. because, you know, just seven miles inland where i am, you lost trees, power, but life went on. it is back to normal. but on the shore communities, the boardwalks, storefronts their homes, they're gone. >> decimated. everybody who lives in the part of the country has a story to tell on the day and days after that. we were in a hotel. we also lost our power. but there is no telling the suffering that those people went through. their houses were lifted off their foundations and moved and shifted blocks away some of them. 150 people died in this. still part of this part of the country are uninhabitable. >> it's becoming the season,
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people like to say, and people like myself will start going to the beach. folks who live seven miles away going to go a little bit towards the shore and say, wow. this is the first time i am seeing it. >> a lot of shore communities want the word out, we are rebuilding, try to get business, come, come to us. we will make sure you have a somewhat good experience. we will. we will be there this summer. >> help on the way for thousand struggling to recover from record floods swamping illinois. teams from fema are descending on suburban chicago to assess the damage. rising floodwaters ravaged hundreds of homes more than a week ago. it is the first step in getting property owners much needed federal assistance. a look at your tuesday weather. no break for the midwest. severe storms, kansas city, to green bay. scattered showers, thunderstorms, miami to d.c. from houston to the gulf coast. rain and mountain snow in the rockies. >> 50s in the northwest. 70s, 80s, middle of the country. 60s, boston to baltimore. 80s across the south.
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now, last week we showed you singer michael buble performing in a new york city subway station. it's another unique sort of commute that is making this our "favorite story of the day." the stars this time are a gaggle of geese. began the commute on one of london's famous double-decker buses. they got off. and the very attentive sheepdog. >> they all made their way across the river. >> that is great. >> surprising other commuters the entire way. after quite a waddell, they arrived at an office building. the whole thing was a pr stunt. by the way, organized by the building's marketing director. it was meant to be a celebration of spring. >> well, it worked because here they are on american national tv. get a lot of that dog keeping them in line. >> you know what. i wouldn't be surprised if he was a border collie. border collie, incredible. they want to corral everything including their owners. >> they do. great athletes too. >> they are. >> just cute. >> cute. we're talking about the dog
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instead of the geese. we are two dog lovers. what are you going to do? coming up -- one of hollywood's hot egs actors who is cutting his food spending to the bone. no lie here. >> also this morning -- why jason collins decided now to tell the world about his sexuality. what this means to the nba, professional sports and gays and lesbians worldwide. demanding a better deal on college aid and tuition, how some expert negotiations helped a freshman attend the school of his dreams. you are watching "world news now." ♪ we were merely freshmen ♪ for the life of me i cannot remember ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. ather brought to you by united health care. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you.
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nba player jason collins nba player jason collins will go down in history as the first man in a major league sport to admit he is gay while actively playing. >> abc's amy robach reporting on the revelation and another former pro athlete watching it very closely. >> reporter: the nba veteran shocked the sports world by announcing he's gay. a bombshell first revealed in the pages of "sports illustrated" and in an exclusive interview with abc's george stephanopoulos for "good morning america." >> i never set out to be the first. and it's -- obviously you are sort of waiting around for somebody else to, you know, raise their hand, and you know, i'm ready to raise my hand but, you know, you still look around like, okay, come on, guys. >> reporter: the revelation makes collins the first active athlete to come out in a testosterone charged world of professional sports. >> it's cool, obviously. >> reporter: robbie rogers knows what it's like to live in that world. >> it's this stereotype you are supposed to be this manly guy
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that -- making tackles, beating up on other guys. >> reporter: robbie rogers has played on soccer fields around the world. college ball. major leagues. the olympics. he was even good enough to go professional in england. you knew around the age of 10? >> i knew i was different. when i was that age. i think i knew i was gay when i was 14. >> reporter: did you hear gay slurs in the locker room? >> yeah. yeah. all the time. i heard game slurs hanging out with my friends in high school. everywhere. that's what scars you. >> reporter: what gave you the strength to say, i can't do this anymore? >> i was raised to be a voice, to be myself, to be unique, not to follow a pack. >> reporter: so beginning last fall, robbie started coming out. first to his conservative catholic family back in california. for most 25-year-olds the drama of coming out might end there. but robbie had another family to tell. >> guys on your team are your best friends, your brothers, you battle in the game, work hard. train for each other. if you're not the same as them,
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then you're an outcast. >> reporter: what do you hope can change based on your announcement? because right now if you do go back alay, you would be the only openly gay soccer player. >> gay athletes are athletes. if i go back to soccer, i want to go back as robbie, a soccer player. i don't want to go back as this gay athlete. i love the sport. and i love being an athlete. i just want to be that simple. >> reporter: amy robach in new york. >> i think nike said it best. it's a level playing field out there. doesn't matter what the sexuality of the athlete is. that's what he is trying to say as well. if he ever goes back, he wants to go back just as an athlete and have his sexuality have nothing to do with it. >> doesn't want that to define him. wants to be defined by his play on the field. >> we were talking about this story once this was playing -- we get the sense this is going to start happening more and more. >> i think so. like they say, the crack in the dam, just -- yeah, i think a lot of professional athletes are going to come out soon. >> if they're out there. i think they're going to start feeling more comfortable.
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>> rallying around. >> you never know. >> we'll watch. >> we'll be back. >> announcer: "world news now" cont
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snoou ♪ i cannot believe we would die for these sins ♪ ♪ we were merely freshmen price of a college education has outstripped inflation. over 30 years tuition and fees have soared 570%. >> that is incredible. parents are squeezed to help pay some of the fees. and students are graduating deep in debt. abc's paula faris found some expert money-saving advice for one family. >> reporter: tyler got into his dream school. ithaca college in upstate new york. he's taken the tours, applied and has his heart set. >> good morning, tigers. >> reporter: tyler wants to study broadcasting at ithaca's famous communication school and wrestle. but the family is wrestling with the price of tuition. more than $50,000 a year.
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tyler was initially offered about $21,000 in financial aid. for the family who own the small auto repair shop, unless they can get additional assistance, he can't go to the school of his dreams. enter our college tuition expert, kal chany. he said families miss out on millions every year because they don't know how to navigate the system. think of colleges as businesses. you have more leverage than you think you do. but you have to ask for it. >> the first aid package you get isn't necessarily the final offer. >> reporter: tip one. you can appeal that first financial aid package. did you know you could appeal? >> no, i did not. >> reporter: tip two. use this phrase to start your appeal letter to the college. >> i am sending this letter to request reconsideration of the aid that was offered to your son. >> reporter: spell out exactly why you deserve more aid. >> you want to be polite and cordial. you don't want to be acting like
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jerry mcguire, show me the money. >> reporter: tip number three. double check your forms. tiny mistakes can cost big money. kal says the family overstated their income, a common mistake and had not taken advantage of credits to families with multiple children in college. a common miss. not long after we visited the family an e-mail from ithaca. answering their appeal. >> opening it now. we went down to $23,254. >> reporter: so, tyler, you get to go to your dream school. >> yes. >> reporter: with the appeal and tax credit, that's $7,000 a year, saving them nearly $30,000 over his four-year education. paula faris, abc news, new york. >> unbelievable. 529 fund. you got a new baby. >> if you've got a kid, that's the way you do it. save a little money. >> it grows. we'll be right back. ey. >> it grows. we'll be right back. >> yeah.
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and finally this half hour, some of the biggest names in entertainment are dramatically cutting back what they eat. >> it has nothing to do with losing weight. they agreed to spend just $1.50 a day for food. that's it. and it is all to benefit a very good cause. hollywood's hottest director ben affleck reportedly has a net worth of $65 million. but the academy award winner and father of three is going to take on a financial challenge, living on a food budget of less than $2 per day in the name of charity. tweeting, 1.4 billion people
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live on less than $1.50 a day. i'm joining live below the line on behalf of eastern congo, will you? affleck is the latest star to raise awareness for those living in poverty through global poverty projects, live below the line campaign, joining josh groban, sophia bush, and hugh jackman even kicked off the campaign in 2011. >> live below the line so others can rise above it. a five-day challenge of living under $1.50 a day. >> reporter: it may not be as easy as you think. these days $1.50 will get you a small coffee at starbuck's, a can of kidney beans or small bag potato chips. but keep in mind, $1.50 has to sustain you for three meals. >> when you're forced to think about how i spend $7.50 over the course of five days, it really causes you to think about resources and food and our connection to food. >> reporter: think you're ready for the challenge? here are a few of the rules -- you can't accept handouts from friends or a snack from a
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previously stocked pantry. but you can drink tap water, as much as you would like. the charity's hope, that by limiting their budget, a movement of passionate people will bring to life the experiences of impoverished people and will be able to make a difference in the fight against poverty. yeah, this is one of those incredible stories that all they're really asking for is people get together and then we'll be able to raise awareness what is going on. and to have such a big name, ben affleck on there. >> absolutely. >> they're really going to start, making people aware of what is going on. >> more than 20,000 expected to participate in the u.s./uk. >> one of the things you hear about and you think, i can do it, but then you think, $1.50 doesn't get you much. can of kidney beans. >> beans and rice. >> that's about all can you do with $1.50 a day. >> that will be tough. all right. we'll have more news in a little bit. >> announcer: more americans choose abc news to see the whole picture.
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this morning on "world news now" -- he's gay. the nba star who until now kept his sexuality a secret. why his admission is making history. >> how it's kind of mind-boggling. i think i talk about that, that, you know, i never set out to be the first. >> the sudden worldwide support for jason collins and why he is considered a trail blazer. >> sweeping investigation -- fbi agents look for possible ak accomplices in the boston bombing case. what they're finding and who is defending the surviving suspect. kicked off. the airline passenger who could not stop saying a suspicious word over and over again. why he couldn't stop saying it and why agents declared him a risk. it's tuesday, april 30th. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good tuesday morning. we're going to begin with what's being called a watershed moment in american sports. an nba player declaring himself to be a gay man. >> jason collins says he's endured years of misery, keeping his sexuality a secret. but now that's all over. our coverage begins with our abc reporter. >> reporter: jason collins is the first active player in major team sports to come out. in a first person account in "sports illustrated" collins wrote, i am a 34-year-old nba center. i'm black and i'm gay. >> reporter: can you believe it hasn't happened before you? >> it is kind of mind-boggling. i think i talk about that, that, you know, i never set out to be the first. and it's -- obviously, you are waiting around for somebody else to, you know, raise their hand and, you know, i'm ready to raise my hand. but you know you still look around like "okay, come on, guys." >> jackie robinson what he was to integration.
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what billie jean king has been to women's rights. now jason collins for gay rights. i think this is not just big sports news. this is big news in our country. >> reporter: collins a respected athlete on six teams over 12 seasons, recently played with the washington wizards. made nine playoff appearances. after years of being miserable living a lie, collins is relieved. i didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete in a major american team sport, but since i am, i am happy to start the conversation. collins has done just that. he's receiving an outpouring of support. a call from the white house. and kudos from fellow nba players. >> he has always been a great guy, always a great teammate. >> i think it is fantastic that, you know, he is -- he is taking such a positive and influential role as a spokesperson in many respects. >> whatever decision he makes, something that he really thought was good for him, you know, as
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long as he's happy, it's cool with me. >> reporter: collins is now a free agent and looks to continue his nba career. >> in addition to nba players, you heard from there, kobe bryant of the lakers tweeted support of collins saying he is proud of collins and don't suffocate who you are because of the ignorance of others. at harvard west lake, private high school in l.a. where collins attended there was more support right from the top. >> i think he is a leader in this. i admire him. i got an e-mail from him a little while ago saying he had been overwhelmed by support he received today. i think it's wonderful. >> to have somebody currently playing come out and come out as publicly as jason has done, really does change the way people think about the stereotypes associated with our community. >> last night on twitter, collins called the support he is receiving truly inspirational. we'll have much more on this story later in this half hour with old friend sports radio personalty jason page.
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and our coverage of the jason collins' story does not end there. get reaction from the white house and beyond later this half hour and you'll see more of our exclusive interview with collins on "good morning america." the e ston bombing case. we learned veteran defense lawyer, judy clark is joining the team, representing dzhokhar tsarnaev, successful lawyer saved the unabomber, ted kaczynski and other notorious criminals from the death penalty. brian ross has the latest on the investigation. >> give me a kiss. >> reporter: it was only a few months ago that dzhokhar tsarnaev posted this video of himself online, playfully teasing his sister. the 19-year-old is outside boston confined by himself to a tiny cell. a taste of what awaits him if convicted of the marathon bombings. >> he doesn't have a life, period. his total existence is going to be lockdown. >> reporter: meantime, fbi agents are widening their net and looking for possible accomplices of the two brothers in the bombing. >> some may have been involved
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in helping build the bombs. others may have been involved in helping radicalize the brothers. >> reporter: fbi agents also continue to press katherine russell, the widow of elder brother tamerlan, about her knowledge of her husband's activities. agents left her house carrying evidence bags. and she was seen leaving with her attorneys, who said she did not know about the bomb plot. and the investigative threats continue to stretch into russia. at the same time tamerlan traveled there last year, two key young leaders of a violent is islamic group was killed by russian forces. one of them was canadian, who like tamerlan, had been a professional boxer before a evolving into a radical jihadist. tamerlan left russia two days after the canadian boxer was killed. and the fbi wants to know if he helped recruit and train tamerlan while he was there. >> if you want to learn how to build a bomb, chechnya is one of the best places to learn how to do it.
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>> reporter: as the net widens, the fbi has almost a dozen individuals, both if russia and here in the u.s., who currently considers persons of interest. government officials told that investigators have discovered female dna on fragments of one of the bombs. it is unclear if it's from a victim or someone who handled the parts innocently or as a possible co-conspirator. brian ross, abc news. boeing says a fragment believed to be from a hijacked 9/11 jetliner is part of the wing and not the landing gear as previously thought. the part found last week wedged between two buildings not far from world trade center. investigators are planning to sift the soil around the plane part later on today to search for human remains. mechanical problems with air force 2 left the vice president's planecying on the tarmac in arizona. according to some reports, the the pilot was when the jet landed, activated reverse thrusters. the engine sucked in some debris last week. the jet remains at the airport in flagstaff. the vice president was never in
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any danger. president obama signing legislation today officially sending all faa air traffic controllers back to work. the bill ends the furloughs that caused thousands of delays across the country and allows the faa to shift $250 million from accounts to cover expenses of keeping controllers on the job. they say congress acted on the measure so quickly because members were inconvenienced by the delays. new guidelines in the battle against aids. government backed panel of medical experts calling on everyone from 15 to 65 to be tested for hiv, even if they're not at high risk. u.s. preventative service task force wants all pregnant women tested, including those in labor. guidelines based on research that shows hiv infections are best managed when treated early. the fda is launching an investigation into caffeinated foods and the federal study begins as wrigley puts a new caffeinated gum on the market this week. researchers want to know about caffeine's impact on children and adolescents.
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who may consume foods enhanced with caffeine. the last time the fda approved adding caffeine to food or drink was in the 1950s when it was introduced to colas. we're talking about an incredible amount of caffeine, if you think about it. one stick of the wrigley gum, equivalent to a cup of coffee. >> can you imagine? if you popped five of them, you'd be bouncing off the walls. >> or half a cup of coffee. i apologize. >> wouldn't mind. don't have a chance to get a cup of coffee, pop a stick of gum, need a pop. >> problem is the kids getting their hands on something like this. that's always been the problem, whether it's an energy drink or gum or anything you're adding caffeine to. that's the biggest problem, when you put it in front of a child and they start using it, then when you start to worry. >> yes. read away. i think i'm going to lose my voice. it was latin night on "dancing with the stars." that means there was plenty of spicy movement on the dance floor. kellie pickler and derek hough came out on top thanks to what one judge called a crisp, clean,
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hot and spicy samba. oh, boy, oh, boy. now, they have immunity and they cannot be eliminated tonight. >> at the other end of the spectrum we are seeing sean lowe from "bachelor" fame, struggling with his rumba. andy dick, last place. one judge told him his rumba was more erratic than erotic. someone will be booted to from the ballroom tonight. more erratic than erotic. >> andy dick seems to be like the one person everyone is like, this week -- oh, maybe not. next week? >> here is why i like him. he gives hope to everybody who is not a natural talented dancer. you know, if you really work hard, you can sort of hang a little bit. >> are you sure you're not on that panel of judges? >> no, i'm talking about myself, because i think a guy gets a lot out of the little bit of talent he has. >> he calls himself scraggly coyote hanging on by a thread. i think he knows. okay. coming up -- who gets to wear the world's biggest designer
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♪ i'm learning to fly but i ain't got wings ♪ our next story is about a young man who suffers from tourette's syndrome and he's been barred from taking a flight he planned on taking for two years. >> the pilot refused to let him on the plane because he couldn't stop saying the word bomb. david kerley explains what happened. >> reporter: when michael doyle at the airport for his flight to puerto rico, he was worried. he was worried about what he was going to say. >> i was telling myself in my head, don't say bomb. when you try to suppress tourette's, it comes out even worse. >> reporter: it did. those with tourettes can't control verbal ticks. through security, at the gate, michael, who watched all the coverage of the boston bombings, blurted out what can be a frightening word these days.
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>> irobably said, bomb, bomb, about -- 100 times in that terminal. and through tsa. >> reporter: traveling with a friend to an 18th century battle re-enactment, doyle planned ahead, carrying medical documentation. it got him through security. the jetblue pilot heard doyle say bomb, and refused to allow him on the flight. his friend stayed with him. >> it's very frustrating, especially after three hours of sitting there, and then -- and two years planning. doesn't happen. >> reporter: frustrating but also a sign of the times. >> tensions are high. people are worried, they're nervous. they know there have been terrorist attacks. at the end of the day the pilot and command has the ultimate decision of who gets on that airplane and who doesn't. >> reporter: jetblue says after further investigation the situation was deemed innocuous and offered doyle a round-trip ticket, but no guarantee that he'll be able to actually board a future flight. >> it does not make me want to fly at all.
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>> reporter: doyle and his friend missed the flight. missed the re-enactment. this case undoubtedly will start a debate within the aviation community over the next couple of weeks of how to deal with these kinds of cases. david kerley, abc news, washington national airport. >> incredibly difficult story. because you feel bad for the guy. but you have to feel bad for everybody on the plane, who is tense. and you certainly don't want to hear that. >> right. he had documentation. the argument is he was proving to everyone that he has this disorder. but the people that he was proving it to, was really just the people in charge of the plane. you would have to show that to everyone on board if i were a passenger so i would feel comfortable. >> that is a good point. all right. we will be right back. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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turning to our top story. the nba's jason collins the first man in a major league sport to admit he is openly gay while still actively playing. his announcement in a "sports illustrated" article has drawn support from a cross-section of america, including the white house. >> president obama reached out by phone and the first lady tweeted, so proud of you jason collins. this is a huge step for our country. we've got your back. >> all of that prompted collins' only tweet saying, i knew i was choosing the road less traveled but i'm not walking it alone. we are joined by our go-to radio host, jason page. thank you for joining us. >> absolutely. >> clearly a landmark decision, on the one hand, also surprising it took this long. what is your reaction? give us perspective on this. >> i don't know if it is surprising it took so long as much as the guy that decided to break the barrier. all of us were predicting it needed to be a star player. needed to be a guy relatively young. a guy that had cache in order to
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survive the potential backlash. instead it's the exact opposite. a fringe player, a guy who may play seven to ten minutes a night, a free agent. i mean, you couldn't have drawn it up differently than a lot of the people i had been talking to behind the scenes who were predicting this would play out. jason collins is the last guy you would have expected. i'll throw one other thing in there. for years being an openly gay sportscaster and being in the lbg community, you heard names rumored. one you never heard was jason collins. >> two part question. the first being, how do you think it's going to affect his future as a player? secondly, we saw all of the support, but not everybody is going to be supportive of this. >> very true. he is a fringe player. that's the problem. i know people are going to rush to, if he doesn't get signed by a team, well, jason collins didn't get signed because he's openly gay. i don't think that is fair. a guy at this stage of his career, a little up in years, i know he is in great shape, working out, running through the hills of california.
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still a guy right now that is going to have to try to find his spot. still there is guys in the league playing until they're 40. the new york knicks have a couple of them. i still think jason collins can play in this league. i think he will. there has been backlash already. espn basketball analyst, reporter, chris broussard made some very interesting comments today. >> if you are openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, that is walking in open rebellion to god. >> wow. let's talk about that. do you think he is out there on a limb with that comment? nba players, is there a fair segment that share his opinions? >> yes. i think there's a fair segment. i don't think it's enough that it's going to stop anybody from signing jason collins. if jason collins isn't in the league next year, it's because jason collins is viewed as not being good enough to play.
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that's kind of the gist of what i would say right now. >> on a day-to-day basis, going in the showers, locker room, the whole thing, do you think it's going to change the way his peers treat him? >> i don't think so. look, i have been in locker rooms. everybody looks at everybody. the fact of the matter -- they do. everybody looks at everybody, for that fact. and i don't think it is that big a deal at the end of the day. but, look, it is going to be very interesting to see once we get into training camps, all of that. he is a fringe player. it's not as if the media can run up to him every night and say, what's it like -- they can only do that for a coupf ys. to me, this is a sto tt will go through the off-season. we'll see who he gets picked up by. i do think he will get picked up by somebody. and then we'll see a couple days of questions about it and then you move on. the next question becomes, who is the next player? >> ah, the million dollar question. we are all waiting for the answer. jason page, radio host. thank you for joining us. >> be sure to tune into "good morning america" later this morning. >> jason collins and an exclusive interview with george stephanopoulos. we'll be right back.
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welcome back, everyone. welcome to "the mix." welcome back, everyone. welcome to "the mix." we're going to get to something i think is absolutely adorable. i love these animal stories. not everybody does. this is about an enormous shoe that nike created for an elephant. >> an elephant shoe? >> an elephant shoe. we have it, there is a picture of it. see it is quite stylish. it's got like remnants of the swooshes on the side. it's got the shoelaces. it's got a nice little sole. but it was designed to fit the aparce of anphleant. this was a female elephant, bendula, developing arthritis, because she was unbalanced. one of her legs was shorter than the other one, so nike developed a shoe just for her so she could balance herself out and not be in so much pain. >> pretty cool. >> that is kind of cool. >> and make it pink.
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if it ady's shoe. stylish. >> what i love about nike, they added the swoosh. it is old, tattered and torn at this point. there's no telling when it was given to the elephant, how long ago. she was also out in the wild with this thing. >> pink thing, that's the swoosh? >> the remnants of swooshes. >> size of my apartment, by the way. this is interesting. drinking alcohol regularly could lower your risk of arthritis. new study from britain showing alcohol has a protective effect against rheumatoid arthritis and also a mild pain-killing effect. not sure why, anti-inflammatory. the pain-killing part seems obvious. >> yeah. every time there is an accident. a drunk driver, they walk away unscathed. they bounce around. >> they say a moderate amount, a few drinks actually can lower -- >> >> here and there.
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>> more studies need to be done. >> depending on the day of the week there's a study that alcohol is either good or bad for you. keep watching, maybe later we'll tell you the opposite. >> it's all bad. this story very, very good development. apparently in saudi arabia they have developed a public service announcement for domestic violence. >> really? >> a country where all women are still under male guardianship, not allowed to drive. this is quite a powerful ad. we have a picture of what it looks like and the text underneath it. if you look this woman is wearing what most of us would call a burqa. and it is exposing one eye which is a black eye. obviously, a battered woman. the text says, small but says, some things can't be covered. fighting women's abuse together. so, it was but together -- >> why is the text so small? >> really interesting. put together by a foundation. they say it's hoping to stop the abuse and bring it to light. >> a milestone. >> yes, especially for a country like saudi arabia. >> good to see. >> we'll be back. >>ecially for a
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this morning on "world news now" -- new clues in the boston bombing investigation from new dna evidence to sweeping searches for accomplices who may have helped the suspects. scoring support -- the nba star who was tired of keeping his sexuality a secret. why jason collins felt compelled now to tell the world he's gay. what fans and fellow players are saying. tough questions for the american student once accused of murder in italy. amanda knox and her interview with diane sawyer. what haunted her most during that legal fight. facing challenges -- what forced sexy hollywood a-lister, catherine zeta-jones to check into a treatment center and why it's not the first time. that's coming up in "the skinny" on this tuesday, april 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez.
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we begin this half hour with the boston bombing investigation. dzhokhar tsarnaev is getting high-powered legal help. >> his legal team will now include prominent attorney judy clark who kept the notorious unabomber off death row. abc's tahman bradley is following these developments. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. investigators are focusing in on the suspect's training. bottom line is they think the two brothers had help. the investigation is continuing in both boston and russia. this new video shows the surviving boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev teasing his niece. it's the first time we're hearing his voice. >> give me ais >> okay. >> no, give me a kiss. that a girl. now get out. >> reporter: that playful young man now sits in a solitary 100 square foot cell in the devons federal medical center facing possible death sentence on terrorism charges. abc news learned authorities are widening their net and looking for possible accomplices. now, almost a dozen people are
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considered persons of interest. sources familiar witobe say inveigstators have discovered female dna on one of the bombs. it's unclear whether it came from a victim, someone who handled components of the bomb before it was put together or a co-conspirator. >> some may have been involved in helping build the bombs. others may have been involved in helping radicalize the brothers. >> reporter: the fbi is probing the mother of the accused brothers. authorities say her phone calls with tamerlan were recorded by russian intelligence. and in one conversation she allegedly discussed jihad th him. she again denied her family is involved in terrorism. >> i am listening to you, they did not do it, and you again ask me! >> reporter: fbi agents interviewed tamerlan's wife, katherine russell, at her rhode island residence to find out what she knew about her husband's activities. while agents left her house carrying evidence bags, she was seen leaving with her attorney who told abc news russell did not know about the bomb plot. >> thanks to tahman.
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the judge in the case against george zimmerman considers several major decisions in court today. those decisions could shape the future of zimmerman's legal battles. zimmerman is accused of killing unarmed teenager trayvon martin. at issue is florida's stand your ground law which would absolve zimmerman of any criminal wrongdoing. the trial is set for early june. testimony begins in los angeles today in the michael jackson wrongful death trial. attorneys for the jackson family say concert promoter aeg should be held liable for hiring dr. conrad murray. he was convicted of giving jackson a lethal dose of propofol. witnesses may include jackson's children, diana ross, quincy jones, prince and his former attorney. >> i am on the plaintiff's witness list. i am here because the defense, aeg, is threatening to bring into evidence that michael jackson was charged with child mow less station. i was his defense lawyer in his criminal trial and he was exonerated of every single charge. >> in opening statements, aeg's attorney promised to reveal what
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he called some ugly stuff about jackson. the jackson's attorneys say that e-mails show that aeg ignored red flags to make sure the show was not canceled. nba center jason collins is calling support he is receiving since coming out as a gay person truly inspirational. collins came forward in a "sports illustrated" article making him the first active player in a major u.s. team to disclose his homosexuality. abc's dan harris has the details. >> reporter: all those shop-worn stereotypes about gay men, jason collins utterly demolishes them. he is a 7-foot, 255-pound trash-talking bruiser who has played on six teams over 12 years in the nba, making it to playoffs nine times. collins made history in "sports illustrated" with these 12 words -- i'm a 34-year-old nba center. i'm black. and i'm gay. >> can you believe it hasn't happened before you? >> it's kind of mind-boggling. i think i talk about that, that,
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you know, i never set out to be the first. and it's -- obviously you are waiting around for somebody els. and, you know, i'm ready to raise my hand but, you know, you still look around like, you know, come on, guys. >> jackie robinson what he was to integration. what billie jean king has been to women's rights. and now jason collins for gay rights. i think this is not just big sports news. this is big news in our country. >> reporter: collins had been hiding his sexuality for years. quote, when i was younger i dated women. i even got engaged. i thought i had to live a certain way. i kept telling myself the sky was red but i always knew it was blue. his one small secret gesture of solidarity with the lgbt community, wearing the unusually high number 98. a reference to another watershed moment, 1998, the year a young gay man named matthew shepherd was kidnapped and murdered in wyoming. collins says he knew he had to come out when after his college
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roommate, massachusetts congressman joe kennedy told him he marched in boston's gay pride parade. he felt jealous and ashamed. i want to do the right thing and not hide anymore. i want to take a stand and say "me too." reaction from around the league was swift and mostly supportive. with collins' twin brother, darren, a former nba player himself, tweeting, very proud of you. >> he has always been a great guy. he's always been a great teammate. he is no different than anybody else. >> reporter: jason collins himself reacting, tweeting, i knew i was chosing the road less traveled but i am not walking it alone. dan harris, abc news, new york. >> incredible amount of support has been thrown behind him already. his own coach tweeting, a pretty long quote, he said, we are extremely proud of jason and support his decision to live his lifeudly andy. he has been a leader on and off the court. an outstanding teammate throughout his nba career. those qualities will continue to serve him as a player and as a
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positive role model for others of all sexual orientation. >> also nike, this is important because they're an advertiser and there's money at stake. we admire jason's statement and proud he is a nike athlete. nike believes in a level playing field where an athlete's sexual orientation is not a consideration. >> that is the bottom line. >> kobe bryant, arguably best player in basketball, tweeted some very positive things as well. certainly getting plenty of support. >> i think so, a little flak, getting some push back. really experts are saying they don't think this will affect his future in the nba and being picked up as free agent at all. >> yeah. i agree with that. now to a special meeting at the white house hosted by president obama. remember this play from university of nebraska spring football game, 7-year-old jack hoffman running in a touchdown. i remember that. he was celebrated in the end zone by the huskers. he is battling brain cancer. yesterday he met the president in the oval office where he received an autographed football and spoke with one of abc's own huskers correspondent jeff cellini. >> what was it like being in the white house? >> it was almost like being the president. >> almost like being the president. >> barely.
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>> how funny. mr. obama spent 15 minutes meeting with jack, parents and sisters. jack's dad simply called it a great visit. a great kid. >> what a cutie pie. all right. here's a look at your tuesday forecast now. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. another warm day in the southwest. stormy with hail and dangerous winds around green bay. des moines, kansas city, omaha. sprinkle in the northeast. scattered showers and thunderstorms from d.c. into the gulf coast. >> 80s in dallas to miami. 60s in the northeast. 50s in the pacific northwest. >> british tycoon richard branson says his dream of sending people into space a bit closer to reality because of the -csoalled spaceship ii has made its very first engine-powered flight. >> it broke away from the belly of the escort plane and blasted towards space. it didn't actually get there which was by design of course. branson said the whole thing could not have gone more smoothly. after a few more test flights, a
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longer duration of course, branson said it should be ready to take passengers into space later this year. >> that is pretty cool because you hear talk about it, but talk is talk. you see that thing in the air, you're like, wow, some day not so far in the future, this is going to be reality. >> right. apparently space ship ii you saw hit mach 1.2 yesterday. that's just over 913 miles in case you want to do the math. pretty fast. who knows how much it takes to get into space, but sure they're getting close. >> would you spend money to go to space? something you would want to do? >> you know, no. short answer. i don't know why. i'm just kind of not interested. >> not that it wouldn't be cool. but to spend a lot of money and -- yeah, i agree. >> there's no sightseeing. >> i'd rather go to hawaii than outer space. >> no sightseeing. no beach in outer space. can't get a tan. >> no pina coladas. i'm with you. >> that's just us, though. coming up -- coaching football's lingerie league, a famous former football player considers an offer.
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american college student amanda knox spent four years in an italian prison for the murder
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of her roommate before being freed on appeal. >> during that time the media portrayed her as a murderer or victim. as her book hits store shelves today, knox is emerging from the headlines as she told abc's diane sawyer. >> reporter: a medieval college town in italy, two young women arrive for a year abroad. seeking new horizons. meredith kercher and amanda knox. six weeks later, one of them comes home in a coffin. the other will become a global obsession, headline after headline. labeling her a sexual thrill-seeker, seductress, she-devil with an angel face, sphinx of perugia. >> i haven't heard those. i have heard the gist of them. and they're wrong. i was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil.
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i mean, it's one thing to be called certain things in the media and it's another thing to be sitting in the courtroom, fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil. for all intents and purposes, i was a murderer, whether i was or not. and i had to live with the idea that that would be my life. >> reporter: she says everything she had ever posted online, every boyfriend in her life would come back to haunt her. what's the first thing you want people to know about you? >> i want the truth to come out. i'd like to be reconsidered as a person. what happened to me was surreal. but it could have happened to anyone. >> reporter: so what is the truth? what happened the night that meredith kercher died? amanda knox at times open, guarded, angry, in tears, says
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she is ready to speak and waiting to be heard. >> you can see diane's entire interview with amanda knox tonight. >> special edition of "20/20" begins at 10:00/9:00 eastern. coming up, the lingerie football league wants to hire a former new york jet. >> you used to be in lingerie league, didn't you? >> of course. that's how i got this job. >> a celebrity who says she is losing a lot of weight with a hula hoop. that's next! sing a lot of weight wit >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from ou
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ it is time for "the skinny." let's talk about tim tebow or "teboo," as you refer to him when we're not on tv. let go by the jets. >> yep. got the boot. >> got the boot. >> maybe not a bad thing. >> this is a bizarre thing, if you ask me. he's been offered potential sexy lace jersey in the near future. the legends football league, not familiar with the legends football league, they used to be called the lingerie football league. they offered tebow, former jets' qb, a coaching gig. there you go. it's not clear what exactly tebow would do as quarterback coach in the lfl, not clear how much money they offered him. they've gotten their 15 minutes of publicity, tying their name to tebow. i can go out on a limb and say
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tebow, the classy, god-fearing man that he is, is probably not going to wind up in the lingerie league. he is worth a lot of money on madison avenue, doing product endorsements. he can do other things. >> he can sit out, not play. people will ask him to put his name on anything. i am sure. moving on. this is a little sad. catherine zeta-jones checking herself into a treatment center again, bipolar disorder. she has been suffering with this for years. the second time reportedly checked herself into a facility. according to tmz this is a 30-day program. 43-year-old academy award winning actress here. not usually the face of bipolar disorder, if you think about it. not what you would expect when you hear bipolar. she suffers from bipolar ii. which essentially, bipolar disorder, lots of highs and lots of lows. bipolar ii, lows are low and long. her representative is saying she is just being proactive.
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she said in the past she does want to keep an eye on her health. she wants to make sure she does that in the best way. so, she's checking in, according to her representative, kind of as a proceed active precautionary way to deal with this. >> good luck to her. >> have you heard of hoopnotica? >> i have not. >> i didn't know about it until today. apparently the latest craze for weight loss. kelley osbourne swears by it. she says she lost 70 pound by hoola-hooping, essentially. a device similar to a hula-hoop. using it every day. made her back stronger, waist has gone down two inches. no arguing with the pictures. right? >> she looks incredible. >> this is big in hollywood. we were hula-hooping here on set about a month ago. i was out of breath. really, really fast. >> and in the commercial break you told me you have taken it on as a hobby and do it every day. >> is that what i said? >> yes. the same way i said teboo, you said that.
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>> i don't remember saying that. here we go. yesterday we told you martha stewart was thinking about joining match.com using her own name. well, now we are getting word she is joining match.com but she's doing it under an alias. probably the smartest thing you can do. by the way, the headline for me, martha stewart is 71 years old. >> she does look great. >> she really does. >> i mean, she's a mature woman, but she looks great. >> she hasn't aged a day. >> sh looks fantastic. >> she doesn't look a day over -- >> can you imagine getting a cup of coffee and it's martha stewart? wow. >> hard to meet people that way. even the chief executive of match.com warns her saying, don't really think you're going to get a soul mate by coming onto our website. i know people who do find their soul mates on match.com. maybe for mega celebrities like martha stewart going to look a meeting for coffee and walking in. it's martha stewart. >> so hard getting past. >> martha stewart. like if you don't know who you
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are running into and it's martha stewart. like when you went on your first date with annabelle, she was like, who is this guy? >> it's john muller. not at all. matter of fact. not at all. not at all. matter of fact. not at all. annabelle, who this guy? >> it's john muller. nó'jall. >> we'll be right back.
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♪ ain't no mountain knew ♪ ain't no mountain high enough ♪ ♪ nothing can keep me keep me from you ♪ >> this is a strange one. clash of cultures at the top of the world. almost cost the lives of european adventurers. >> they were making the treacherous climb to the summit of mt. everest when they were set upon by nearly 100 sherpa guides. here's abc's john donvan with more. >> reporter: for 60 years it has been a peak place for firsts, first man to reach the summit. first woman. first american.
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and now this weekend, first big ugly brawl up there, somewhere, at roughly 4 1/2 miles up in the sky. three climbers were beaten up, they say, by a group of sherpas, the mountaineering masters from that area who specialize in guiding climbers safely up and back again countless history-making times. the three europeans are seasoned climbers and have been sending back videos like these. >> welcome. >> reporter: now says one it is a miracle we are still alive, after what was a misunderstanding involving a sherpa who thought they were ignoring his instructions to stay away from some rope he was laying. and then they say some 100 sherpas attacked them. in an interview afterwards. >> one tried to use a pocketknife to hit simone moro. luckily he just hit the belt of the backpack. so nothing happened.
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>> reporter: the sherpa's side of the story yet to be heard. it is not clear what tensions enflamed the melee satda bruised and cut they're deciding whether to call off their climb on an everest where it is supposed to be the mountain dangerous not the fights you get into along the way. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> so there is an update to the story. apparently they have not been given a choice whether or not they're going to finish their climb. they've been forced to abandon their attempts to reach the summit. apparently they ended up running for their lives through a treacherous glacier to escape what they're calling an out of control mob. it usually takes a full day's walk to get through this glacier. >> yep. of course. >> 2 1/2 hours. running for their lives. >> running for their lives top of the world. >> this is ice. >> check you out. >> for this story, guys. >> get some clothes, diana. cold at the top of everest. my goodness. >> it's fun. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," inform
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this morning, making history. >> new reaction overnight to that barrier breaking announcement, the nba's jason collins saying he's gay as he gives his first interview to george stephanopoulos. it's an abc news exclusive. did the boston bombers have help? new revelations about one of the devices that had a woman's dna on it. her story, amanda knox's book available today as she tells her tale of those years in prison of being branded a murderer to diane sawyer. and joyride. a dad gives his 9-year-old the keys to his ferrari. fun times until the police come knocking. good tuesday morning, everybody. we begin with something of a new

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